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Eyebeam Off-The-Grid Exhibition
Governor's Island: House 15
Friday - Sunday, 12:00PM-5:00PM
6 Sep 2014 - 28 Sep 2014

Solar Day
 is a sculptural installation by Torkwase Dyson addressing the intersection of and mutual relationship between sunlight, architecture, space, liminality, time and the body. Site-specifically located inside a mildly sunlit room, Dyson experiments with architecture as a technology to sculpt and compose sunlight for 20 solar days. Each sculptural element is engineered using minimal tectonic forms pulling daylight deeper into the interior space increasing luminosity and evoking serenity and contemplation. 

The installation is inspired by the seminal text Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlwhere Harriet Jacobs’s [Linda Brents] describes living in her grandmother’s garret before escaping to New York. For seven years Jacob’s hid in the negative space of a pent roof to escape her slaver. She designated the nine feet long, seven feet wide and three feet high non-space within the intended architectural design as place for her emancipation.  With very little admission for either light or air over the years this micro-climate she radicalized as threshold to freedom simultaneously impacted Jocob’s physiological state. Dyson deconstructs the garret, to address spatial and geographic strategies of black resistance while pointing to the critical natural resources needed to support endurance and livability. 

To further explore ideas of light, memory, ritual, the body, space, and materiality, Dyson will collaborate with multi-media artists Bahar Behbahani and Shani Ha.  During a series of interactive engagements through video and performative sculpture, Ha and Behbahani will invite audiences to into the installation to explore sensory relationships to the materiality, touch, and light.

Shani Ha is on the edge of Art and Design.  She creates versatile sculptures by twisting familiar objects to question intimacy and its relationship to others.  Shani emphasizes or diminishes the shapes and materiality of these objects, which are usually related to private contexts.  These pieces are the catalysts photographs, installations, and collaborative performances.  Shani Ha is interested in social behavior in their relationship to comfort and conviviality.  Her sculptures suggest potential functions and tend to become design pieces.  They can be stimulated through performance, experimentation and appropriation, either spontaneously or with a scenario.  These actions engage the viewer and performer directly and provoke co-presence and social interactions inside the piece.  Shani was born in France but now lives and works in Brooklyn NY.


Performance Date: Sept 27th @ 3:00

Bahar Behbahani is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn NY.Behbahani’s work addresses her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss, representing her chronic displacement and longing. Through her lyrical videos Behbahani stages a contemporary cultural critique by layering and juxtaposing allusions to past and present socio-political circumstances with a language that she draws from her experience as a painter.   More recently, Behbahani has been working on a multilayered investigation, a collection of collaborative works, which encompasses a group of videos and a participatory installation, centering the role of bread in our contemporary culture through stimulating abandoned memories. 

Over the course of 2 hours, Behbahani takes the role of masseur, offering participants a 5-minute massage, while they are lying down to view a video. Shortenin’ Bread is a response to Torkwase Dyson’s sculptural installation, and examines the blurred line between consolation and discomfort. Shortenin’ Bread experiments with stimulating people’s memory through the process of being massaged while engaging their sense of sight and hearing, and together they experience the role of sensoria in reproducing forgotten memories.

Performance Date: Sept 20th @ 3:00



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Eyebeam and The New School present a panel discussion that explores the cultural and psychological implications of wearing technology. The event will feature leading researchers in clinical psychology, contemporary art history, and fashion technology who will offer insights into the history of wearables and how the body is represented and experienced in fashion design and performance.

Featured guest and LSU professor, Susan Ryan, will discuss her recent book, Garments of Paradise (MIT Press), a comprehensive survey of wearable technology that lends a critical eye toward both the design and social context of our devices, from the Walkman to Google Glass. The New School professors Miriam Steele and Sabine Seymour will present their current research project, BodyMetaphor, which bridges design, art, and social science to examine fashion and wearable tech's influence on self-perceptions and physiological assessments of the body.

Wearing Technology is organized as part of Eyebeam's Computational Fashion initiative, which brings together artists, fashion designers, scientists, and technologists to explore emerging ideas and develop new work at the intersection of fashion and technology. Eyebeam is a nonprofit art center that supports and promotes dynamic and risk-taking work at the intersection of art and technology. Computational Fashion is supported in part by The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.

About the Presenters

Susan Elizabeth Ryan, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at Louisiana State University and Affiliate of the LSU Center for Computational Technology (CCT). She teaches contemporary and new media art history and has helped found an interdisciplinary Art/Engineering undergraduate minor at LSU entitled AVATAR. She has lectured internationally on dress and creative technology, and has published several books in the fields of art and design history including the recent publication from MIT Press, Garments of Paradise: Wearable Discourse in the Digital Age.

Miriam Steele, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology and the Director of Clinical Training at The New School for Social Research, Clinical Psychology department. Dr. Steele is the co-director of the Center for Attachment Research  with Dr. Howard Steele. Research concentrations included the bonds between parents and children and the intergenerational consequences on attachment, adoption and foster care, and the intergenerational transmission of body image.

Dr. Sabine Seymour is an Assistant Professor of Fashionable Technology and Director of the Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons The New School for Design. She is an entrepreneur and conceptual researcher focusing on the next generation of wearables and the intertwining of aesthetics and function in our "second skin".  She is described as being an innovator, visionary, trend setting, holistic in her approach, and a lateral thinker and has been involved in wearables for almost two decades. moondial.com

Hannah Knafo, MA is a doctoral candidate of Clinical Psychology, in her third year of the PhD program. Her dissertation research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of body image dissatisfaction from mothers to their daughters in middle childhood. Hannah is a Student Advisor for The New School for Social Research, and a lab manager at The Center for Attachment Research, directed by Drs. Howard and Miriam Steele. She is currently training as a therapist at The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and The New School Counseling Center.


Atul Varma enjoys building bridges of understanding between humans and machines. He has written software that's been used as the centerpiece of TED Talks, in maker events around the world, and by individuals who are just trying to have a less frustrating time using their computer. But his favorite moments are very personal: understanding where another person is coming from, constructing a metaphor they can relate to, and using it to explain technology in a way that liberates, excites, and empowers.



Chloe Varelidi is a New York based game designer interested in creating experiences that empower youth to think of themselves as makers and not only players of games. Her work employs performative and playful aspects to create embodied learning experiences that are connected with the world around us. Chloe has an MFA from Parsons' Design & Technology Program and is the co-founder of the Plaython festival in Greece and the Yellow Thread Society in New York. 



Allison Burtch is a philosopher and educator who creates politically coherent works in a variety of media. Most recently, she made a "log jammer" - a cell phone jammer that creates a safe space in nature, a browser plugin that highlights complex political and corporate relationships, and was a research fellow at the Institute of Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She’s also collaborated on such projects as the dumbsto.re - a mobile app store for dumb phones, and co-organized Prism BreakUp at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, and the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference at New York University.

Previously, she was the editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, a six-edition print publication which was translated into six languages and distributed globally. Allison has a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.




Join Theremidi Orchestra and the Sound Happens workshop participants in special performances of electronic noise produced from experimentation with hands-on electronic kits.

Industry City Distillery will host a donation bar featuring their Industry Standard Vodka, a beet sugar vodka created entirely in New York City.


Performance I, special guest Ben Owen

Performance II, “Sound happens in the group!”  by workshop participants

Performance III, “Sound happens!” by Theremidi Orchestra

About the Artists

Theremidi Orchestra (TO) is an audiovisual DIY community initiated by participants of the Theremini and Teremidi physical interface workshop, organised by Ljudmila – Ljubljana Digital Media Lab in May, 2011. Rather than a subject, TO is a verb, an ongoing workshop of noise and drone production. This hands-on electro noise ensemble exists in the present continuous, while referring to the history of electronic music. TO has a DIY/DIWO approach in making music and sound experiments, developing its own instruments based on open-source electronic circuits. Currently TO consists of ten active members, coming from different professional backgrounds. Thus far, the orchestra performed, exhibited and held workshops at over thirty festivals and exhibitions mostly in Europe e.g. Piksel Festival in Bergen Norway; LiWoLi Festival in Linz, Austria; PoolLoop in Zürich, Switzerland; U3: Triennial of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to name just a few.

Ben Owen is a Brooklyn-based sound artist.

The performance was curated in partnership with Daniel Neumann & CT-SWaM.

The workshop is co-produced by Ljudmila, Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute and supported by Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Culture.

With generous support from our partner:

Industry City Distillery is a Brooklyn-based experimental prototype for sustainable urban alcohol production. With technologically groundbreaking equipment engineered and fabricated entirely in-house by The City Foundry - a micro research and development group under the same roof - Industry City Distillery blends the age old art of spirits distillation with the precision of modern engineering and science. Designed with a constant eye towards energy usage and resource minimization, Industry City Distillery seeks to push the envelope of sustainability and efficiency while producing spirits of unparalleled quality.


Joanne McNeil is a writer and researcher interested in the ways technology is shaping culture and society. Her work has appeared in Dissent, Wired, Jacobin, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and other web and print publications. She created Learn to Search (http://learn-to-search.com) with Divya Manian and was one of the authors of About Feminism (http://aboutfeminism.me/). At Eyebeam, she will develop and curate a series of digital art projects on gender and internet culture.



Eyebeam is pleased to announce the recipients of its Fall/Winter 2014 Eyebeam Residencies. Residents are chosen through a highly competitive twice-yearly call open to artists, creative technologists, designers, curators, urbanists, architects, and policy thinkers. Recipients receive 24/7 access to Eyebeam's design, digital research, and fabrication studios, as well as $5000 each to produce new works.

Incoming Residents:

Joanne McNeill is a writer and researcher interested in the ways technology is shaping art, politics, and society. At Eyebeam, she will develop safe spaces for women in art and technology, on and off the internet, including digital art projects and community organizing that focuses on fighting structural prejudice with structural solutions. http://joannemcneil.com

Allison Burtch has worked on projects such as the Dumb Store - a mobile app store for dumbphones™, co-organized the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference at New York University and was the editor of the “Occupied Wall Street Journal”, a six-edition print publication translated into six languages. At Eyebeam, she will make a sine-wave generator that creates frequencies at 24khz, enough to block iPhones and Androids microphones from audio recording, protecting people from self-censorship in an age of constant surveillance. http://www.allisonburtch.net/

Chloe Varelidi designs and produces playful experiences. Like games, products and events. Chloe, in collaboration with Atul Varma, will build themed arcades with teens in Brooklyn by developing a browser based tool called Minicade that makes it easy to collaboratively create an arcade of mini games with friends while learning to code along the way. http://varelidi.com/

Atul Varma enjoys building bridges of understanding between humans and machines. He has written software that's been used as the centerpiece of TED Talks, in maker events around the world, and by individuals who are just trying to have a less frustrating time using their computer. But his favorite moments are very personal: understanding where another person is coming from, constructing a metaphor they can relate to, and using it to explain technology in a way that liberates, excites, and empowers. http://www.toolness.com/wp/